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Housing Office Staff

STUDENT HOUSING
APARTMENTS
DINING SERVICES
HOUSING STAFF
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CONTACT US
Main Housing Office
Lighthouse Depot
Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm
(Closed on Fridays during summer)
Phone: 541-888-7634
Email

RA DUTY PHONE
On Call Resident Assistant
Monday – Friday, 5pm – 8am
Saturday – Sunday, 24 hours a day
Phone: 541-260-6996

SWOCC Student Housing Office Staff

We’re here to help! If you have housing office questions, please email or call us at housing@socc.edu or 541-888-7634.

In housing, we are all about building community and providing the support you need to be successful. Our professional and student staff members are committed to learning about you and creating an environment you are excited to call home. We coordinate many activities throughout the year to connect you with campus, and help you meet people as you navigate living with different people and adjust to your new home in college. What you experience in housing here at Southwestern is on par with what you would experience at a four-year university—with some added perks! The apartment-style living arrangements right on the shore of Empire Lakes are designed for you to live with three to five other students. You can choose some or all of your apartment mates, or you can let us assign you to a room. Either way, we do our best to make your living situation a positive one.

Take A Tour

Drop-in tours are available from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visit the Lighthouse Depot or call 541-888-7634.

Apply for Student Housing!

Make the most of your education and college experience. Our apartment-style housing is safe, affordable and offers great amenities.

STUDENT HOUSING
APARTMENTS
DINING SERVICES
HOUSING STAFF
CAMPUS SAFETY

CONTACT US
Main Housing Office
Lighthouse Depot
Monday - Friday, 5pm - 8am
(Closed on Fridays during summer)
Phone: 541-888-7634
Email

Dining Services
Empire Hall
Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm
(Closed on Fridays during summer)
Phone: 541-888-7704

On-Call Resident Assistant
Monday - Friday, 5pm - 8am
Saturday - Sunday, 24 hours a day
Phone: 541-260-6996

Housing Leadership

Our job is to be here for you if and when issues arise—rest assured, we help with anything that comes up, big or small. Our student staff live in or near your buildings and housing staff is available 24-hours a day. With only about 400 other students living on campus, it’s very likely you’ll get to know most all of us here by name. We are walking around campus, eating at the cafeteria, and attending different events around campus right along with you. We look forward to getting to know you!

Joe Belter

Director of Residence and Student Life

Joe has been at Southwestern since 2015 and as the lead on all things Laker housing since 2016. Prior to Southwestern, Joe gained plenty of university experience teaching classes at Clemson University, working in housing at New Mexico State University and serving as a graduate intern at Portland State University. When not at work, Joe enjoys spending time on the beautiful Oregon coast with his wife and three kids.

Michael Cole

Student Housing Services Representative

Mike moved to Coos Bay in 2005 to attend Southwestern, and has been a Laker ever since. After graduating, he held a wide variety of positions in our community and simultaneously received his Bachelor’s in History from Eastern Oregon University. Mike returned to work at Southwestern in 2010 holding many positions as a student support advocate, working in both the library and mail & print shop, and is now with us in student housing. Mike and his wife have six children together and love spending time outdoors with them.

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Steve Delgado

Assistant Director of Residence and Student Life

Steve grew up in Medford, Oregon and graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication. Coos Bay is his wife’s hometown. He and Karla relocated here in 1998 and raised their three children here. Steve has worked at Southwestern since 2022, starting in Human Resources. He joined the Housing team in late 2023. He is currently the Head Coach of the Cross Country program and Assistant Coach for Track & Field here at Southwestern. Prior, he worked for the Coos Bay School District and was a Cross Country and Track & Field coach at Marshfield High School. When not coaching or working with students he enjoys time with his family, landscaping, and cheering for the Beavers.

Photo of Brianna

Brianna Benoit

Resident Director

Brianna was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. She went on to play softball at Regis University and College of Southern Nevada, where she completed her Associate of Arts degree. Brianna is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in business management. Brianna moved to Coos Bay in 2022 and currently serves as an Assistant Coach for our Laker Softball team in addition to her duties in the housing department. Brianna brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in leadership, team building, and event planning that will be impactful in student housing. When she isn’t working, Brianna enjoys spending her free time exploring her new home in the Pacific Northwest with her dogs!

Derek Ridgway

Resident Director

Derek is very familiar with the school and surroundings since he was a student at Southwestern, himself! At the time, he played on the Laker baseball team and then moved on to Pacific University where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Learning. He returned to Southwestern in the Fall of 2019 to serve as the assistant baseball coach, and now we’re lucky to have him as a Resident Director at the college. Outside of work, Derek enjoys exploring the outdoors, traveling to play competitive softball and hitting up Prosper Hall for pick-up basketball games.

Resident Assistants 2023-24

Resident Assistants (RAs) are second-year students who have lived on campus with us for at least a year. RAs build community within housing, plan fun and engaging events, and ensure residents are part of a positive living and learning environment. They are available after hours as well in case of emergency. We provide our RAs free housing and a meal plan.

Derell Augustine – St. George Reef and Cape Blanco

Derell Augustine

Resident Assistant
St. George Reef and Cape Blanco

Ryleigh Blaire – Warrior Rock and Desdemona Sands

Ryleigh Blaire

Resident Assistant
Warrior Rock and Desdemona Sands

Taylor Brewer – Trinidad Head

Taylor Brewer

Resident Assistant
Trinidad Head

Hunter Ciarabellini – Cape Meares and Yaquina Head

Hunter Ciarabellini

Resident Assistant
Cape Meares and Yaquina Head

Justin Ohman – Willapa Bay

Justin Ohman

Resident Assistant
Willapa Bay

Aurora Parsons – Grays Harbor

Aurora Parsons

Resident Assistant
Grays Harbor

Riley Peeler – Point Adams and Tillamook Rock

Riley Peeler

Resident Assistant
Point Adams and Tillamook Rock

Logan Prince – Coquille River and Cape Arago

Logan Prince

Resident Assistant
Coquille River and Cape Arago

Merrick Sherwood – Umpqua River and Heceta Head

Merrick Sherwood

Resident Assistant
Umpqua River and Heceta Head

Analise Smith – Battery Point

Analise Smith

Resident Assistant
Battery Point

Jorgen Swensen – Willamette River and North Head

Jorgen Swensen

Resident Assistant
Willamette River and North Head

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